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In her bilingual book Scéalta agus Seanchas - Potatoes, Children and Seaweed, published in 2019, Áine Uí Fhoghlú tells the stories of twenty-one members of the older generation in her own Irish-speaking area of County Waterford. These were people who witnessed the coming of electricity, running water and radio and who had for the most part lived simple fishing or farming lives in the early part of the twentieth century. This was a time when all work was carried out by the meitheal, or team of neighbours, when the community celebrated a new birth and together they mourned each death. Of particular interest at this time of year are the accounts given in the book concerning the traditional customs of Hallowe'en.
Hallowe'en Pumpkin

Ancient Hallowe’en customs in County Waterford

This Hallowe'en, in the tiny Irish-speaking area of County Waterford called An Rinn, a centuries-old tradition will be suspended for the first time ever...

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